Ask someone why they want to be an SQ girl and more often than not, the answer they give will be that they want to travel the world for free. Although that is indeed one of the biggest perks of being a cabin crew, there are also many other benefits of the cabin crew lifestyle that makes it so irresistible to many. Here are 10 perks of being an SQ girl.
1. They get to travel more even in their free time
If you love to travel, travelling for a living might sound enviable but what makes it even better is that it is also easier for cabin crew to travel even when they are off from work. Besides always having access to discounted staff travel air tickets, crew get breaks that last for a few days whenever they do long-haul flights. They can go for short getaways in-between flights, and even plan for trips at the last minute. Crew are also entitled to one free air ticket per year and they can choose to utilise it for longer trips during their annual leave.
2. They don’t have to squeeze with crowds
Those who work office hours may feel that it always seems crowded everywhere whenever you are not working, especially on weekends and public holidays. Since cabin crew don’t work regular hours, they can go shopping or run errands when there are lesser crowds on weekdays. They can do things at a more relaxed pace and don’t have to wait long for available tables at a cafe or restaurant during off-peak hours. However, perhaps one of the best things of being a crew is that they don’t have to brave the rush hour commute to-and-fro work every day.
3. They know what is trendy in other countries
Cabin crew are always on the look-out for new things to try and they usually know what are the popular or must-buy items in various countries before it becomes available in Singapore. They also get to try out hip cafes and check out the newest Instagram-worthy cafes in different cities.
4. They are constantly exposed to different cultures and experiences
Cabin crew get to experience something different each time they go for a flight. On one trip, they could be watching a soccer game at the Emirates Stadium in London, and the next, they could be watching a Broadway show in New York, visiting a souk in Dubai or visiting a safari in South Africa. All these experiences make for great memories and apart from helping to expand their worldview, will also stay with them even after they stop flying.
5. They can save up money right from the start
SQ cabin crew are some of the most generously paid cabin crew in the industry and new hires are paid according to the flights they are assigned to right from the start. For those who watch their budget, they can really save up quite a bit during their flying career. It is not uncommon to hear of crew who joined as fresh graduates paying off their study loans within two years, or crew who left to set-up their own businesses after flying for a few years.
They stay in nice hotels
SQ cabin crew stay in mostly four-star or five-star hotels during layovers, even in places like Japan and Europe where hotel rates are pretty high. Each crew are assigned to their own room, ensuring that they have their privacy. The hotels are also usually conveniently located in a central location with easy access to shopping malls, eateries and the local supermarket.
7. They have a lot of quality personal time
Unlike many other jobs, cabin crew never have to bring their work home. They only have to perform their duties on-board and once the plane lands—be it in Singapore or overseas—they do not have to think about work until the next time they report for duty. They do not have to worry about getting emails, calls, and texts from co-workers and bosses during their off days and can truly use their free time to pursue their personal interests or have a good rest.
8. There are no office politics
Just like at any workplace, cabin crew will definitely meet colleagues who are difficult and unpleasant to work with, or whom they just cannot get along with. However, unlike a normal office environment where your colleagues are always the same, crew will most likely not work with the same set of crew after a flight. No matter how unpleasant the previous flight was for them, they can always go for the next flight with a new set of co-workers and have a completely different working experience.
They can meet all kinds of people
Few other jobs enable you to meet so many different people during the course of your work. Cabin crew constantly meet new people from all nationalities and walks-of-life on-board, interact with locals in all the different countries they travel to, and work with different crew on each flight they are on. Besides being able to meet a lot of interesting people and hear their stories, they also learn how to handle various situations with different types of passengers and how to work with all sorts of characters.
They can build up their confidence
Even if someone were to join the airline fresh out of school without much working experience, being an SQ cabin crew will transform them into a well-groomed and confident person who will be comfortable talking to and serving anyone from a company CEO to a three-year-old child. SQ cabin crew can gain a lot of life experience not just from working but also from travelling and seeing the world. All these experiences will shape their lives to a certain extent, and even if they do decide to eventually move on, they will be able to bring what they have learned with them on to their next challenge.
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